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Policy’s Effects on Hearing Healthcare

“Public policy and healthcare are intimately linked; however, the delivery of hearing healthcare is becoming increasingly complex and challenging.” 

Matthew L. Bush, MD, PhD

Matthew L. Bush, MD, PhD

Recent hearing healthcare policy changes—whether through statutes, appropriations, regulations, rulings, or legislation—have addressed accessibility and affordability factors. This session seeks to provide attendees with a deeper understanding of how policy influences their access to patients with hearing loss and how the treatment options and treatment locations for hearing loss are rapidly changing. 

“This information is meant to engage attendees to seek out opportunities to advocate for their patients and use the changes in policy to their advantage as they seek to deliver more efficient and effective care,” Dr. Bush said. “These topics will influence the practice of attendees either now or in the very near future. Our patients are frequently aware of changes in policy before providers, and we owe it to ourselves to not be left in the dust or in the dark.”

Policy and Practice: How Changing Policy Affects Hearing Healthcare Delivery: Parts I and II

Today, 3:45 – 4:45 pm, Part I;
5:00 – 6:00 pm, Part II

GWCC, Building B, Room 403

To help close the gap in the understanding, training, and expertise within the field of otolaryngology regarding the impact of healthcare reform and policy changes on the delivery of hearing healthcare, this Panel Presentation will review the key elements and implications of policy. Panelists will touch upon newborn screening and early intervention, disparities in coverage of adult and pediatric hearing services, the emergence of over-the-counter hearing aids, and the development of national hearing health agendas through congressional appropriations.

“The future delivery of hearing healthcare depends on leaders in otolaryngology gaining a deeper understanding of policy changes affecting access, technology, and research in hearing healthcare,” said Dr. Bush. “This diverse panel seeks to provide attendees with important information regarding policy influencing adult and pediatric hearing healthcare along with a call to action to be an advocate for patients in spite of a rapidly changing policy climate.”

The topics covered by experts on the panel will include:

  • Access and Advocacy for Patients with Hearing Loss
  • Understanding Changes in Epidemiology and Evaluation of Pediatric Hearing Loss: A Public Health Perspective
  • Expansion of Hearing Aid Access and Affordability: Progress or Pitfall?
  • Pushing Policy by Expanding Access and Indications
  • How Policy Influences Research: The Future of Hearing Research Funding.